Mohegan Sun Arena
April 6, 2018
It all started back in Season 5 of a small television show called American Idol. A young man from North Carolina went onto a stage in front of the whole world and sung his heart out, unfortunately he did not win the whole shebang, but…
Chris Daughtry of the band Daughtry, has become the 3rd most successful artist from that show and on a Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut at a The Mohegan Sun Arena he brought his friends and band mates and caused an audience of mostly women to experience a fluttering heart.
Opening for Daughtry this evening was a young girl, who grew up a Preachers daughter in Upstate New York and then relocated to Nashville, Sinclair was very entertaining with her story and the exuberance she and her band brought to the stage. Unfortunately, I do not have pictures to post at this time. I was still awaiting feedback from her management and couldn’t wait any longer to write this review of the Daughtry show.
Sinclair’s music is an eclectic mix, everything from rockers to ballads and even pop infused hip hop sounding stuff. She has a nice voice and a good stage presence, as does the rest of her band. Definitely one to keep an eye on.
After a quick change over, the lights went down and the crowd stood up. Cheers rose up as the band began walking onto the stage during the intro, just a little Johnny Cash, lead singer and band namesake, Chris Daughtry came out with a hoodie over his head and leather jacket. Daughtry started into “Just Found Heaven” and the energy just exploded as the crowd started getting louder, “Feels Like Tonight” and Battleships” which rounded out my time in the photo pit and I then moved to my seat in the arena to watch the rest of the show, amidst a sea of the glow from cell phones.
“Crawling Back to You”, “Life after You”, “Back Bone”, “Breakdown” and “Long Way” were the songs that were played after I got to the seat. Then the interesting stuff started happening, they launched into a series of cover songs, Chris Isaak’s, “Wicked Game” and U2’s “With or Without You” and Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” which turned the Arena into a giant Karaoke session as everyone sang along.
“Baptized”, “Back in Time”, “It’s Not Over” and “Home” rounded out the set for the main part of the show. For an encore, they started with “Waiting for Superman”, followed up with “September” and finishing the night up with another cover, Prince’s, “Purple Rain” Here is where I go into a rant… Why “Purple Rain”? It’s a good song, but everyone is doing it as their tribute to Prince, why not something different? Prince did have A LOT more that could be covered as a tribute to him.
All in all, it was a great mix of Daughtry’s music with all of his albums represented, especially the new album “Backbone”. This was a great show with a contagious enthusiasm displayed by the everyone in the band.
Photos from Daughtry at Mohegan Sun Arena:
Photos & Review by Frank Piercy at frankpiercy.com
For more on Daughtry: https://www.daughtryofficial.com/